Harry Shearer

Biography: "Hollywood Lifer" does not even begin to describe Harry Shearer. True, the actor/writer/musician has been around for as long as many remember, but he is no hack.

Harrison Shearer got his big break in the pilot of the 1957-63 sitcom Leave It To Beaver, in which he played the original Eddie Haskell. The role was recast in future episodes, though he appeared as a different character later on in the first season. Shearer resurfaced in the mid-70's as a comedian in Los Angeles, writing and occasionally performing on Laverne & Shirley, Fernwood 2Night, and America 2Night. He eventually landed a gig on Saturday Night Live, where he performed and wrote sketches during the 1979-80 season, then came back to do the same in 1984-85. Shearer never fit the SNL mold on either attempt, blaming the show's producers for not giving him enough exposure or attention. When he resigned from the show January 13, 1985, a press release cited "creative differences" for his departure. Shearer
"Hollywood Lifer" does not even begin to describe Harry Shearer. True, the actor/writer/musician has been around for as long as many remember, but he is no hack.

Harrison Shearer got his big break in the pilot of the 1957-63 sitcom Leave It To Beaver, in which he played the original Eddie Haskell. The role was recast in future episodes, though he appeared as a different character later on in the first season.

Shearer resurfaced in the mid-70's as a comedian in Los Angeles, writing and occasionally performing on Laverne & Shirley, Fernwood 2Night, and America 2Night. He eventually landed a gig on Saturday Night Live, where he performed and wrote sketches during the 1979-80 season, then came back to do the same in 1984-85. Shearer never fit the SNL mold on either attempt, blaming the show's producers for not giving him enough exposure or attention. When he resigned from the show January 13, 1985, a press release cited "creative differences" for his departure. Shearer clarified the quote by saying, "I was creative and they were different."

However, his greatest fame came from two completely different entities: as bassist Derek Smalls in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, and as the voice of Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Reverend Lovejoy, and many others as welll as the voices from some guest stars on the hit TV series The Simpsons.

Shearer has worked as various other occupations apart from showbiz. He worked as a freelance journalist and a high school teacher after he finished his degree at Harvard University, Massachusetts. He also hosted a comedy radio show Le Show that became intensely popular during it's run.

He has had two wives. The first, he divorced in 1977. His current wife, Judith Owen, has been married to him since 1993.
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Harry Shearer's Scores

Average career score: 79
Highest Metascore: 92 The Simpsons: Season 2
Lowest Metascore: 64 Conan (2010): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
3 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Simpsons: Season 26 Sep 28, 2014 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 6.9
tbd The Simpsons: Season 25 Sep 29, 2013 Principal Skinner & Ned Flanders 7.1
tbd The Simpsons: Season 24 Sep 30, 2012 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 6.5
tbd Conan (2010): Season 2 Nov 7, 2011 Guest 8.8
tbd The Simpsons: Season 23 Sep 25, 2011 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 6.1
64 Conan (2010): Season 1 Nov 8, 2010 Guest 8.7
tbd The Simpsons: Season 22 Sep 26, 2010 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 6.3
tbd The Simpsons: Season 21 Sep 27, 2009 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 7.0
tbd The Simpsons: Season 20 Sep 28, 2008 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 7.1
tbd The Simpsons: Season 19 Sep 23, 2007 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 6.9
tbd The Simpsons: Season 18 Sep 10, 2006 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 6.8
tbd The Simpsons: Season 17 Sep 11, 2005 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 7.2
tbd The Simpsons: Season 16 Nov 7, 2004 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 7.2
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 30 Oct 2, 2004 Himself (Archive Footage) tbd
tbd Corneil & Bernie: Season 1 Feb 21, 2004 Voice Of Corneil 8.0
tbd The Simpsons: Season 15 Nov 2, 2003 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 8.1
tbd The Simpsons: Season 14 Nov 3, 2002 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 7.9
tbd The Simpsons: Season 13 Nov 6, 2001 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 8.0
tbd The Simpsons: Season 12 Nov 1, 2000 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 8.0
tbd The Simpsons: Season 11 Sep 26, 1999 Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Prin. Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Raine 7.9
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 24 Sep 26, 1998 Himself tbd
tbd The Simpsons: Season 10 Aug 23, 1998 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 8.5
tbd The Simpsons: Season 9 Sep 21, 1997 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 9.2
tbd The Simpsons: Season 8 Oct 27, 1996 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 9.3
tbd The Simpsons: Season 7 Sep 17, 1995 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 9.5
tbd The Simpsons: Season 6 Sep 4, 1994 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 9.6
tbd The Simpsons: Season 5 Sep 30, 1993 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 9.5
tbd The Simpsons: Season 4 Sep 24, 1992 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 9.6
tbd The Simpsons: Season 3 Sep 19, 1991 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 9.0
92 The Simpsons: Season 2 Oct 11, 1990 Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, And Others 9.0